I certainly believe that there are new things under the sun. I just don't believe that there are as many of them as our trendsetting media would like us to think. Come to think of it, I'll bet that the truly new things under the sun are seldom well covered. I guess Sturgeon's Law applies.
WTF Slashdot editors? It says plain as day right on the product page that it's a Broadcom SoC.
Is the collection still on your credit report? Something similar happened to me where the hospital ignored a letter from the insurance company asking for more information, and so the insurance company never paid.
The issue was ultimately resolved however the credit bureaus initially refused to remove the item, since the hospital confirmed that I technically did owe the debt at the time it was turned over to collections. It took me six months and a court hearing demonstrating the hospital's lack of due diligence in cooperating with the insurance company to finally get it removed.
"The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material."
Look up the word "primary" in the dictionary. Ford does not install entertainment systems in their cars for the "primary" purpose of ripping CDs.
Words mean things.
"There might not be much functional difference between a 93% and a 95%, but the person scoring higher will get promoted disproportionately quicker."
This weasel language implies that it's not fair that someone that scores higher on the test gets promoted faster, and also implies that any promotion due to higher grades is "disproportionate," which is media-speak for "unfair."
"This inspired a ring of officers to cheat in order to meet the unrealistic expectations of the Air Force."
Why is it unrealistic that those in charge of launching missiles that will end life on this planet as we know it pass a very high bar of excellence?
1. The President doesn't support this. He's the executive and is over the NSA. If he really wanted to stop bulk data collection he would simply call the NSA and say "hey, quit doing bulk collection". The law is needed specifically because he doesn't support it.
2. Unless the law will include criminal penalties it's of no value. A cursory glance shows that it simply says "hey, don't do that" instead of "hey, don't do that, and if you do it'll be a class _ felony with a minimum penalty of ___". It's interesting how laws made to limit non-government workers *always* have the criminal penalties, and laws that are made to limit government workers always conveniently forget that part. When we start jailing people who break laws like this we'll start making headway.
Or the paraphrase, "History repeats itself because nobody listened the first time." (In practice, the singular "first time" is insufficient.)
"There's nothing like censorship by the mods to ensure that all viewpoints aren't heard equally. So with the expectation of being moderated down.."
Making sure all viewpoints have equal exposure is not why the moderation system exists.
The bigger dipshits are the cashiers who were stupid enough to fall for it.
SWA has a right to say who can and cannot occupy their airplanes, and they may place conditions upon that occupancy as they see fit.
Their plane, their rules. Property rights unquestionably trump free speech rights. If someone walks onto my property and holds up a sign, I can kick them off my property and it is not a violation of their free speech rights.